The police on Wednesday arraigned Senator Dino Melaye before the Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja amid heavy presence of policemen. He was arraigned on charges bordering on his alleged escape from a police vehicle in Abuja on April 24, 2018.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him by court officials.
The presiding magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello, granted him bail in the sum of N90m with two sureties in like sum.
As part of the bail conditions, the senator was directed by the court to report to Wuse police station every working day of the week.
Melaye’s lawyer, Mr. Nkem Okoro, told one of our correspondents that his client met the bail conditions granted by the court but the senator was rearrested by the police on the court premises.
“He met his bail conditions but the police decided to rearrest him on the excuse that they were taking him to Lokoja tomorrow morning,” Okoro said.
Melaye, lying on a stretcher, was produced in court in a police ambulance with registration number NPF2214D on Wednesday.
Notable among his supporters who thronged the court were two senators – Ben Murray-Bruce (Peoples Democratic Party, Bayelsa) and Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti).
Over 200 armed policemen were deployed in the court.
They condoned off adjoining streets preventing vehicular movement.
Some of the policemen who manned the gate denied some journalists entry into the court.
Other court users were also turned back.
The policemen departed the court premises and the adjoining streets in a convoy which comprised the ambulance conveying Melaye at about 4.20pm.
One of our correspondents counted 14 pick-up vans with an average of 10 policemen occupying each and seven 18-seater buses also filled with policemen in the convoy.
In the First Information Report filed by the police against Melaye, he was accused of intentionally breaking the side windscreen of the bus conveying him to Lokoja on April 24 and jumping out of it.
He allegedly jumped out of the vehicle after a bus occupied by his younger brother, Samuel Melaye, and a lawyer, Amefula Emeka, blocked the police vehicle that was said to be conveying the senator to Lokoja to face charges bordering on alleged unlawful possession of firearms.
The prosecution accused Melaye of attempting to kill himself in order to implicate the police by jumping out of the bus and falling on the ground.